Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Rialto Bridge and the Campanile of San Bartolomeo, Venice, from below the Campanile of San Giovanni Elemosinario


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 112 × 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXV 47 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, Turner’s drawing shows the Rialto Bridge and the campanile of San Bartolomeo beyond in the distance, looking south-east down the long, steeply receding arcade flanking the narrow Ruga dei Oresi. The viewpoint is the corner of Ruga Vecchia San Giovanni, where Turner appears to indicate a street sign, above which the campanile of the church of San Giovanni Elemosinario rises.
This is a rare instance of Turner’s recording a Venice street scene out of sight of the main waterways. For other drawings made in the vicinity and an overview of Turner’s coverage of Venice, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

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